Book Review: Five Feet Apart

If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Can you love someone you can never touch?
Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.
The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.
Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.
What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

My Thoughts

Well that’s how I’m feeling after reading this book.

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited to read this book. When I’d watched the movie trailer of Five Feet Apart, I knew it was right up my alley and I had to read the book first! The movie isn’t out in India yet, we probably have to wait another week, but I am really excited to watch it.

This book gave me The Fault In Our Stars and Everything, Everything vibes.

This book was what I’d thought it would be, but I really liked it. I didn’t know much about cystic fibrosis before reading it, and even though I know this book is purely fictional and kind of glamorizes the illness and doesn’t do justice to the people who really suffer from CF, it has made me a bit more aware of it. I looked up about the illness because I wanted to know more about it. If you want to read about cystic fibrosis, click here.

It is another mawkishly sentimental book about two people with terminal illness who fall in love with each other. This book scared me, to be honest, because I really couldn’t imagine myself falling in love with someone I couldn’t ever touch because they’d die if I did so. I really couldn’t imagine myself in their place.

And every week we waste, more of my lung function wastes away too.

She holds the pool cue out, the tip of it touching my chest, her full eyebrows rising in challenge. “Five feet apart. Deal?”

I liked the chemistry between our main characters, Will and Stella, and I was swooning over Will when Stella describes him the first time. I started loving him more when he stayed up at night to watch all the videos on Stella’s YouTube channel. My heart broke for two of them and I really wanted the new drug to start working for Will and I wanted a happy-ever-after for them. But seldom do we get teen stories that gift us happy endings.

Even though I fancy the pants off Will, my favorite character from the book was Poe. He is Stella’s best friend who also suffers from CF and is really, really mature and sweet. I liked Stella too and I really felt sorry for her. More so because of her sister and her parents. I really didn’t want her to go through the pain and I really liked Poe, Camila, and Mya for always being with her. I really hated the fact that we don’t come to know much about Jason and Hope, who are Will’s friends.

I wasn’t a big fan of the writing, but I think I liked it enough. I also had a few problems with the plot, which albeit was interesting but became unbelievable sometimes. But I just decided to not care about it much. There’s a scene in which Stella goes into surgery and Will sneaks into the surgery room, which was sweet…but totally unrealistic!

The story stood out for me, even though it has been repeated several times now. I don’t know what that says about me, lol. I wish chronic illness only existed in books and movies and not in the real lives of people.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall, this book was pretty interesting and I couldn’t put it down, which is the only thing I cared about, to be honest.

If you like reading weepy but hopeful stories of teens with a terminal illness who fall in love with each other, you should totally read it. I think you’ll like it if you liked reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Just one thing guys, don’t forget to have a box of tissues at the ready, because I’m sure you are gonna ugly cry!

So, have you read this book yet? Have you watched the movie? Did you like it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Five Feet Apart

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s